New Releases For The Week Of February 25th, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 25th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.




Raspberry Danish Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) by [Fluke, Joanne]Thanksgiving has a way of thawing the frostiest hearts in Lake Eden. But that won’t be happening for newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton—not after her husband suddenly disappears . . .

Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband’s assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross’s car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table . . .  (Amazon)

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The Missing Hours by [Kavanagh, Emma]“Murderers are rarely who you imagine them to be . . . ”

One moment, Selena Cole is at the playground with her children . . . the next, she has vanished without a trace.

The body of Dominic Newell, a well-respected lawyer, is found on a remote mountain road, blood oozing from the stab wound in his neck.

In the sleepy borderland between England and Wales, sheep outnumber people and serious crimes are rare. Which makes this Tuesday morning, with two calls coming in to the local police station, even more remarkable. Detective Constable Leah Mackay and her brother, Detective Sergeant Finn Hale, begin their respective investigations, but soon find them inextricably linked. And when Selena is found alive and unhurt twenty hours later, the mystery deepens.

Selena’s work consulting on kidnap and ransom cases has brought her into close contact with ruthless criminals and international drug lords. But now, as Selena walks back into her life wearing a blood-spattered sweater, claiming no memory of the preceding hours, Leah can’t be sure if she is a victim, a liar, or a murder suspect.

Leah and Finn delve into each case, untangling the secrets and betrayals—large and small—that can lie just beneath the surface of a life, yet unprepared for where both trails will lead.

With engrossing characters, devilish twists, and evocative prose, The Missing Hours is that rare page-turner—as satisfying and complex as it is unpredictable.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover











Double Mocha Murder : A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth]Rose is about fed up with Zee and her machinations. The woman plays Rose like a fiddle, but things have gone too far, and Rose is about to pull out her hair. They’ve arranged a scavenger hunt in Silver Falls to promote their town and chase out the sour taste of murder. They didn’t expect it to turn into an argument.

They certainly didn’t expect to discover yet another murder. But things get even worse when they realize that two people have died and all the signs are pointing to Silver Falls being far more dangerous than anyone would guess.

Will these friends be able to mend their relationship and find the killer before another victim falls?

Book 4 in the 2nd Chance Diner Mystery series! For fans of Carolyn Dean, Angela Blackmoore, Agatha Frost, and CeeCee James. A light, cozy mystery with a snarky sidekick, a handsome detective, and fun friendships. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mysteries
Book 1: Spaghetti, Meatballs, & Murder
Book 2: Cookies & Catastrophe
Book 3: Poison & Pie
Book 4: Double Mocha Murder
Book 5: Cinnamon Rolls and Cyanide (Coming March 2018)
Book 6: Tea & Temptation (Coming Spring 2018)  (Amazon)

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The First Kiss of Spring: An Eternity Springs Novel by [March, Emily]Spring has come to Eternity Springs in The First Kiss of Spring, the newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series by Emily March.

Life could be a dream…

Goal-oriented and gorgeous, Caitlin Timberlake’s dreams took her to the top of the corporate ladder in New York City. Now years later, her goals have changed. She wants to come home to Eternity Springs and build a business and a family of her own—with the new man in town. So what if sexy mechanic Josh Tarkington wants nothing more than a fling? Caitlin is a patient woman who knows how to work hard and strategize to win what she desires. She desires Josh. Unfortunately, he has other plans.

If only things were different…

Josh craves Caitlin and all she has to offer. However, he is a man with secrets. He has worked hard to overcome his tragic past, but he’s afraid to risk having a future because he knows trouble is never very far away. When a selfless act brings that trouble to his door, he stands to lose everything he cares about—including Caitlin. Will her love and the healing magic of Eternity Springs be enough to save him?  (Amazon)

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The Watermelon Festival: A Kiki Lowenstein Novella by [Slan, Joanna Campbell]A New Kiki Lowenstein Novella (extra-extra-long short story that’s actually a short book).

Trying to patch up a damaged relationship, Kiki agrees to go on a road trip with her old best friend Mert. The destination promises to be a lot of fun, a Watermelon Festival in Vincennes, Indiana. More importantly, Kiki hopes to mend fences by taking a peek into Mert’s past. The story that follows is ripped from today’s headlines as Kiki gets a firsthand lesson in the burden put on our society by opioid addiction. And it wouldn’t be a Kiki story without a crime, would it? Yup. There’s a crime.  (Amazon)

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Gertrude, Gumshoe: Gunslinger City by [Merrill, Robin]



There’s been a murder at a Wild West theme park, and Gertrude is on the scene. Can she sift through a long list of shady characters to find a killer?  (Amazon)

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Devil in a Black Suit: A Shelby Nichols Adventure by [Helme, Colleen]From the Bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series comes the long-awaited story about Alejandro Ramos. Don’t miss this exciting thriller about our favorite hit-man!

Ramos’s job as the right-hand man to a mobster used to be easy until Shelby Nichols, a mind-reading soccer mom, joined the organization. With all the trouble she gets into, he’s constantly putting his life on the line just to keep her alive.

When a government agent from his past shows up wanting a favor, she rekindles a flame they once shared. Ensnared in her scheme, Ramos discovers that there’s more to her favor than he realized. Luckily for him, he has a few tricks up his sleeve that might save his skin…but what about his heart?  (Amazon)

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Danger Cove Cocktail Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by [Hodge, Sibel, Leiren, Nicole, Ashby, Elizabeth]From USA TODAY bestselling authors Nicole Leiren & Elizabeth Ashby, and Sibel Hodge comes a set of the first three full-length Danger Cove Cocktail Mysteries featuring the infamous Smugglers’ Tavern, including:

Murder and Mai Tais
Hope Foster’s motto is to let fate lead you—which it did in her case right to the quiet town of Danger Cove. But when the owner of the Smugglers’ Tavern, where Hope tends bar, is murdered, suddenly fate puts Hope squarely in the role of “prime suspect” in her employer’s murder.

Killer Colada
It’s been a stressful couple of months for bartender, Hope Foster, so her best friend Ruby treats her to an afternoon of holistic pampering with therapist Pandora Williams. But what should be a relaxing getaway turns into a murder scene when Hope and Ruby stumble across Pandora’s lifeless body in the kitchen next to a killer cocktail.

Heroes and Hurricanes
When Lilly Waters moved to her ancestral small-town home of Danger Cove, Washington, she hoped for a walk down memory lane and a chance to connect with the family she never knew. What she gets instead is a bartending job at the Smugglers’ Tavern, a mysterious man promising information about her long-lost grandfather, and a dead body she practically trips over!

The Danger Cove books:
Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)
Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)
Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)
Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Hurricanes and Heroes (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Death in the Flower Garden (a Danger Cove Famers’ Market Mystery)
Divas, Diamonds & Death (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Slaying in the Orchard (a Danger Cove Famers’ Market Mystery)
A Secret in the Pumpkin Patch (a Danger Cove Famers’ Market Mystery)
Deadly Dirty Martinis (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Poison Manicure and Peach Liqueur (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)

About Danger Cove:
Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove…from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don’t let our name fool you—we’re the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest!   (Amazon)

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Witches of Enchanted Bay Nine Book Set by [Morgan, Amelia]This witch cozy mystery set features all nine books in the Witches of Enchanted Bay series.
1. Witches of Enchanted Bay
2. Ax To Grind
3. Killer Twist
4. A Bewitching Murder
5. The Nuts and Bolts of Murder
6. A Riddle of a Murder
7. Strangling Ambition
8. Therapy Can Be Murder
9. Sick of Murder

Meg Walton hopes her days of sleuthing are behind her. So when another murder occurs, the secret witch turned sleuth finds her life turned upside down.

This time, the case is personal when Meg finds out one of her dearest friends is the victim. Even more, Meg’s friend has made enemies of the most influential family in town. Somehow, Meg has to find a way to navigate her grief while cracking her hardest case yet. Is Meg finally in over her head?  (Amazon)

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Pit Perfect Murder (Barkside of the Moon Mysteries Book 1) by [George, Renee]Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery!
(previously published as Pit Perfect in 2016)

When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. . . to find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope.

Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it’s love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily’s first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent.

Lily’s new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth?

Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing! 

Pit Perfect Murder, Book 1 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is an exciting tale of mystery and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. A clean read full of humor and small town charm. (Amazon)

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Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) by [Kashian, Tina]When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .

Recipes included!  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of February 25th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 25th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.


I Know What You Bid Last Summer (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery) by [Harris, Sherry]FOUL PLAY IN THE GYM
When it comes to running a successful garage sale, Sarah Winston believes in doing her homework. She also believes in giving back. But when she agrees to manage an athletic equipment swap, she doesn’t bargain on an uncharitable killer. The day of the event, the school superintendent is found dead in the gymnasium.
Suddenly the murder suspects are the school board members—including the husband of a very difficult client who’s hired Sarah to run a high-end sale and demands she do her bidding. In between tagging and haggling, Sarah studies the clues to see who wanted to teach the superintendent a lesson. But as she closes in on the truth, the killer intends to give her a crash course on minding her own business . . .

Praise for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries
“There’s a lot going on in this charming mystery, and it all works . . . Well written and executed, this is a definite winner.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on All Murders Final!
“Full of garage-sale tips…amusing. A solid choice for fans of Jane K. Cleland’s Josie Prescott Antique Mystery series.”
Library Journal on Tagged for Death

“A slam dunk for those who love antiques and garage sales . . . surprising twists and turns.” —Kirkus Reviews on A Good Day to Buy  (Amazon)

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Betraying Trust (A Sam Mason Mystery Book 4) by [Dobbs, L. A.]

Chef Sam Mason needs hard evidence to nail elusive drug dealer Lucas Thorne. Mayor Harley Dupont offers to provide it. But Dupont is murdered before he can talk.

Sam and Sergeant Jody Harris don’t know who they can trust aside from their loyal K-9, Lucy. When the FBI comes sniffing around, their past actions come back to haunt them.

Just as Sam’s strongest clue appears to be a dead end, a surprise twist reveals the truth behind Dupont’s murder as well as the mysterious death of officer Tyler Richardson, and Sam learns that what he thought was a betrayal of trust was really something else entirely. (Amazon)

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Murder of the Maestro Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #6 by [Burke, Anna Celeste]Marvelous Marley World’s legendary maestro is murdered.

In good spirits at a gala marking his retirement, Dave Rollins disappears later that night. His beautiful home overlooking the Pacific Ocean is trashed—not just searched, but vandalized, too. The maestro’s old friend and boss, Max Marley, wants answers!
At the crack of dawn, Max calls Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler distraught, demanding that they help solve the mystery of the missing maestro. When Dave Rollins’ body is found on the rocks below his Malibu cliffside estate, Georgie and Jack are pulled into another whodunit.
Who killed Dave Rollins? Did a secret from the maestro’s youth catch up with him decades later? Or did a scorned woman, a jealous rival, a disturbed fan or someone else murder the maestro?
Grab your copy and join Georgie and Jack as they solve the mysterious Murder of the Maestro in book 6 of the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series by USA Today bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke.

Editions Available:  Kindle











Magic Mumbles (An Ollie Stratford Mystery Book 4) by [Lewis, N.C.]THIS SERIES CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER. 

Are you looking to relax?

So is Ollie!

Doctor Ollie Stratford loves a good mystery. But the last thing she ever expected was to stumble into one while relaxing at Mysterious Malcolm’s Magical Masquerade show.

When a body shows up during the show, and the Magician leaps from the stage and disappears, Ollie gets sucked into a world where everyone has a grudge, and no one is talking.

How can Ollie get to the truth before the killer gets away?

If you love action-packed cozy mysteries with a feisty protagonist, you’ll love Magic Mumbles, the fourth book in a fun series of Ollie Stratford Murder Mysteries set in a small Texan Hill Country town, with all its quirky inhabitants.

Pick up this page turner today!  (Amazon)

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Meowsical Death: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Two by [Lynn, Louise]Hazel Hart can’t catch a break.

While working as the photographer of the local elementary school, Hazel stumbles across the body of the music teacher. The woman has been murdered, and Hazel’s own mother is a prime suspect!

Now, Hazel has to clear her mother’s name, and go head to head against the handsome and stubborn Sheriff Cross. Only, that’s not as easy as it seems. The victim’s life and death is shrouded in years of secrets, including decades old blackmail. As the list of suspects grows, the more dangerous it becomes.

In a race against the clock, Hazel must pinpoint the real killer before it’s too late.

A feel-good, cozy mystery about a quirky photographer and her black cat solving mysteries in Cedar Valley, a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This book does not contain any cliffhangers, gore, graphic scenes, or foul language. It can be read as a standalone or as part of a series.  (Amazon)

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The Auction at Primrose Cottage (A Cornish Coastpath Mystery Book Book 4) by [Paffett, Jenifer J., Paffett, Jenifer J.]Primrose Cottage has stood on a gently sloping incline overlooking Polperro bay for almost 500 years. During that time, it has had many uses including a quarantine house, a smuggler’s hideout, and a WW2 lookout. Throughout most of its existence, it has been owned by the Trenowen family, and the current owner aims to keep it that way.

Recently though, due to lack of funds, Mrs Kathleen Trenowen has had to put up for auction, a rather important painting of hers. The painting is of the cottage itself, and many think that it’s not even a particularly good painting. It is, nevertheless influential, as it is one of the earliest examples of a Cornish landscape painting, and as such is quite collectible.

However, shortly after the painting was sold at auction, it mysteriously disappeared, stolen from her cottage. At first, suspicion fell on Mrs Trenowen herself, but the investigation proved that the painting was not insured and that she would subsequently not gain from its theft.

Entrance stage left, Pippa Welbury and her lovable scruffy mongrel Benjamin. Pippa is intrigued by the story and having seen how the whole episode had upset Mrs Trenowen, she takes it upon herself to do some investigating.

Against the backdrop of art dealers and the Cornish countryside, can Pippa uncover what happened to ‘The Primrose Cottage’?  (Amazon)

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Campari Crimson (Franki Amato Mysteries Book 4) by [Andrighetti, Traci]Halloween is looming large in New Orleans, and Private Investigator Franki Amato’s in a gloomy mood. Her boyfriend Bradley has to leave on an extended business trip, and her slacker brother is coming to town with her matchmaker nonna who’s determined to see a Sicilian lemon superstition bear fruit. Meanwhile, the entire city is spooked because a caped figure is targeting its blood banks. Things turn macabre when a psychic makes a dark prediction about Franki’s brother and a frat boy is found in a cemetery crypt with his blood drained. As bad luck would have it, Franki is hired to investigate the murder by the number one police suspect, an eighteenth-century vampire impersonator. A detective acquaintance offers to team up to find the killer, but he’s interested in more than Franki’s professional input. To solve the case, she goes solo into NOLA’s vampire community and immerses herself in local vampire legends. Can Franki prevent another bloodletting? Or will the next blood spilled be her own?  (Amazon)

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The Case of the CatWalk Saint (A P.I. Berger Mystery Book 1) by [Marshall, Harol ]When stripper Cinda Mae Bradbury walks into private investigator Polly Berger’s Hollywood office, she brings a dazzling smile and a whole lot of trouble with her! Polly is always up for a challenge, and the gorgeous entertainer at the nearby CatWalk strip club brings Polly a case she just can’t resist jumping into with both feet.

But Polly and her stand-up comic secretary, Bunny, barely scratch the tip of the iceberg before things turn deadly. What’s happening with the strange Señora at the Botanica de Angeles, the Mass of Santa Muerte, and the dead bodies that keep turning up?

When bullets fly, Polly could never guess she’d be so glad to have her ex-husband, Johnny Birdwhistle, helping out on the case. A crack detective with the Hollywood Police Department (HYPD), Johnny has his own reasons for lending a hand. But can Polly go back into a relationship—business or otherwise—with Johnny? Polly finds herself knee-deep in one of the most dangerous cases she’s ever taken on—one that involves murder and human trafficking…and it all started just down the street at The CatWalk.  (Amazon)

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Pawprints & Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) by [Blake, Bethany]The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .

It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats! 

“Doggone charming from start to finish!”
—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author on Death by Chocolate Lab  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback




New Releases For The Week Of February 25th, 2018–Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 25th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is first  day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.



Murder in an Irish Churchyard (An Irish Village Mystery) by [O'Connor, Carlene]The village of Kilbane in County Cork, Ireland, has a new garda—and her first case is a grave matter indeed . . .
It’s official! Siobhán is now Garda O’Sullivan, and her five siblings couldn’t be prouder. While brother James runs Naomi’s Bistro, Siobhán is doing her part to keep the village safe. Of course, Kilbane is pretty quiet compared to a place like Dublin, where Macdara Flannery has gone to be a detective sergeant.

Then one night the local priest summons Siobhán to the church cemetery. There’s a dead man in the graveyard—aboveground. He lies shot on a blanket of freshly fallen snow, hand stretched out toward a nearby headstone. He’s a stranger, but the priest has heard talk of an American tourist in town, searching for his Irish ancestor.

A detective sergeant is dispatched from Dublin to assist with the case, and as fate would have it, it’s Macdara. After his parting, things are awkward between them, but they have to work together. They learn the victim was from Dublin—Dublin, Ohio, that is. And when his family members are located and told of his murder, the plot thickens. Siobhán begins to dig for a motive among the gnarled roots of the family tree. But as long-buried secrets are unearthed, she and Macdara will need to stay two steps ahead of the killer or end up with more than one foot in the grave.  (Amazon)

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Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery Book 6) by [Diehl, Lesley A.]Eve Appel Egret is adjusting to married life with Sammy and their three adopted sons in Sabal Bay, Florida. While still running her consignment stores, she is going pro with her sleuthing by becoming an apprentice to a private detective.
Until her marriage, Eve’s only “family” was her grandmother Grandy, who raised her after her parents died in a boating accident. Now, in addition to her husband and sons, she has a father-in-law who clearly dislikes her. Sammy’s father, a full-blooded Miccosukee Indian long presumed dead, has emerged from the swamps where he’s been living like a hermit, and he isn’t happy about Eve’s marriage to his half-Miccosukee, half-white son.
As for Eve’s family, are her parents really dead? A woman named Eleanor claims to be Eve’s half-sister, born after her mother faked a boating accident to escape her abusive husband, Eve’s father. Then Eleanor’s father turns up dead in the swamps, stabbed by a Bowie knife belonging to Sammy’s father, Lionel. Strange as Lionel Egret is, Eve knows he had no motive to kill this stranger. In order to clear him, Eve must investigate Eleanor’s claims, and she might not like what digging around in her family’s past uncovers.
Book 6 in the Eve Appel Mystery series.  (Amazon)

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Organized for S'more Death (Organized Mysteries Book 4) by [Ames, Ritter]Who knew camping could be so deadly…

A family outing in a national forest seemed like the best kind of R&R to Meg Berman. Even Kate McKenzie was convinced after learning a fully equipped cabin was part of the plan. When a scavenger hunt in the woods turns up a dead body, however, the natural beauty around them takes a decidedly sinister twist. Worse, the police suspect one of them as the prime suspect. They not only must get off the police radar–but at the same time stay out of the killer’s crosshairs and keep their families safe.

Organized for S’more Death is the newest release in the popular Organized Mysteries series from USA TODAY bestselling author Ritter Ames, which features a small town New England setting and interesting characters, along with humor, strong family and friendship ties, and absorbing cozy mysteries.  (Amazon)

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Taking On Lucinda: A Kent Stephenson Thriller (Kent Stephenson Thrillers Book 1) by [Martorana, Frank]While investigating the death of his mentor, Dr. Stephenson uncovers a plot against the animals he has sworn to protect.

Hollywood starlet Aubrey Fairbanks and her entourage of activists descend on the picturesque upstate New York village of Jefferson to protest animal testing at the cosmetic company that is Jefferson’s lifeblood. Kent Stephenson is the town’s veterinarian and a lifelong resident. He is licking his wounds after a vicious divorce that took away his daughter and hiding from the world in his profession surrounded by animals that love unconditionally. But his brother, the police chief, has other plans for Kent and recruits him to defend their town. What seems to be a simple matter of negotiation soon escalates to arson, then murder. More strangers arrive in town and Kent’s animal patients begin disappearing. Kent and Aubrey’s relationship turns from blood enemies to respect and commitment as they risk their lives to protect Jefferson, find the murderers, and crush a cult that thrives on all that animal lovers despise.  (Amazon)

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Vlad-Handing (Silver Hills Cozy Mysteries Book 5) by [Cheever, Sam ]Vlad Newsome isn’t exactly known as a people person. He’s really more contentious than convivial.

But something’s changed with him, and Flo and Agnes are suspicious.

Vlad’s suddenly “peopling”. He’s shaking hands and even curving his thin lips upward at times in a terrifying imitation of a smile.

Could it be he’s turning over a new leaf? Is he facing a life-changing event that’s made him grow as a person?


He’s up to something. And Flo and Agnes are determined to find out what.

When a woman who had a beef with the reprehensible creature of the night known as Vlad Newsome turns up dead in her home…Vlad appears to be the culprit behind her murder.

Silver City PD certainly believe he’s guilty. But Vlad insists he’s innocent. It’s going to be up to Flo and Co to solve the murder and find the “real” killer. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the ladies arne’t at all sure Vlad isn’t the murderer.

Will Flo and Co walk away…leave Vlad to defend himself? If you believe that you haven’t been paying attention.

This is Flo and Agnes, y’all!  (Amazon)

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Massage & Murder (A Cozy Spa Mystery Book 1) by [Cowan, Jenn]I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist.
A professional.
A healer.
Not a killer.

When a client ends up dead on my massage table, I become the number one suspect.
I have Means.
But I didn’t kill her.
The clock is ticking, someone is stalking me, I have to find out who before I end up in jail or worse…dead.  (Amazon)

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Unringing the Bell (Bucks County Mysteries Book 1) by [Higgins, Judy]“Fabulous all the way to the startling conclusion!”

In the small town of Goose Bend, Pennsylvania, people don’t forget—especially something as sensational as 12-year-old Jacob Gillis burning down the town. Nineteen years later, Jacob returns hoping for redemption, but instead finds himself enmeshed in a murder investigation. The prosecutor, taking advantage of Jacob’s involvement with the victim’s sister-in-law, threatens Jacob with loss of career and reputation if he doesn’t play by his rules. Only by outwitting the prosecutor can Jacob save his future.

“Unringing the Bell” is a wonderful book with many twists and turns. Just when you think you’ve figured it out the plot moves in a whole other direction!”

“This was a fabulous story, beginning to end, well written, many surprises, even to the end. The writing was captivating, so good to read an author that gives the characters so many complex parts. I loved it!”  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle, Paperback













Search the Shadows (DS Louisa Williams Book 2) by [O'Shea, Kim ]DS Louisa Williams is hot on the trail of the knife-wielding serial killer. As the body count rises the pressure mounts. Louisa turns to her team to help her catch the killer before he strikes again. The diligent Millie and the increasingly attractive Mark both help and distract her as she fights against time.
Three women are dead and there’s no way of knowing who’s next.
What is the connection between the victims? Will Louisa unravel the case in time to save more women from the same fate? Can Louisa’s strange visions help solve this baffling case?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Lethal Licorice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by [Flower, Amanda]Too many sweets spoil the murder . . .
Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . .

A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . .

Recipe Included!  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle. Paperback







New Releases For The Week Of February 25th, 2018–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 25th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is first  day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.



Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink) by [Davis, Krista]Includes A Front and Back Cover for You to Color!
By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There’s plenty of inspiration in her new apartment—a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie’s boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition—she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it.

When the professor’s nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie feared. But the following morning, Delbert has vanished. It’s not until she visits the third floor of the store that Florrie makes a tragic discovery—there’s a trap door in the landing, and a dead Delbert inside. The esteemed Professor Maxwell is an obvious suspect, but Florrie is certain this case isn’t so black and white. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters on the scene, all with a motive for murder. With a killer drawing closer, Florrie will need to think outside the lines . . . before death makes his mark again.

Digital edition contains a link to the downloadable color-it-yourself cover art!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook











It Takes a Coven (A Witch City Mystery) by [Perry, Carol J.]There’s a new witch-hunt in Salem, Massachusetts . . .
When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree—one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community . . .

With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, Lee’s best friend, River, fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the city. Now, aided by Poe and her clairvoyant cat, Lee sets out to investigate. Are lives being claimed by vengeful supernatural forces—or by something more shocking? She soon discovers, casting light on the wicked truth can be one killer commitment . . .

Praise for the Witch City Mysteries
“This rewarding paranormal cozy series debut will have Victoria Laurie fans lining up to follow.”
Library Journal on Caught Dead Handed
“Perfectly relaxing and readable.” —Kirkus Reviews on Look Both Ways  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












A Whisper of Bones: A Jane Lawless Mystery (Jane Lawless Mysteries) by [Hart, Ellen]Fans of Jane Lawless new and old will be fascinated by newly minted Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s latest intricate puzzle in A Whisper of Bones.

Britt Ickles doesn’t remember much from her only visit to her mother’s childhood home when she was a kid, except for playing with her cousin Timmy and the eruption of a sudden family feud. That’s why, when she drops by unannounced after years of silence, she’s shocked when her aunts tell her Timmy never existed, that she must be confusing him with someone else. But Britt can’t shake the feeling that Timmy did exist…and that something horrible has happened to him. Something her aunts want to cover up.

Britt hires Jane Lawless, hoping the private investigator can figure out what really happened to her cousin. When a fire in the family’s garage leads to the discovery of buried bones and one of the aunts dies suddenly and suspiciously, Jane can’t help but be pulled into the case. Do the bones belong to Timmy? Was the aunt’s death an accident, suicide, or homicide? What dark secret has this family been hiding for decades? It all depends on Jane Lawless to unravel.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook













The Pajama Frame (A Madison Night Mystery Book 5) by [Vallere, Diane]Nightie Night!

Interior decorator Madison Night is no stranger to the occasional odd inheritance. But when an octogenarian friend dies and leaves her a pajama factory, the bounty is bittersweet. Once a thriving business, Sweet Dreams closed decades ago after a tragic accident took the life of a young model. Or was that simply a cover up?

Between her friend’s death and her own stagnant life, Madison is tempted to hide under a blanket of willful ignorance. But when family members and special interest groups lobby to expose the secrets of the factory, Madison gets caught in a tangle of secrets and lies and discovers that sometimes, the bed you make is not your own.

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The Madison Night Mystery Series:

#0: Midnight Ice (prequel novella)

THE PAJAMA FRAME by Diane Vallere | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback












Mayhem and Murder: Witches of Keyhole Lake Mysteries Book 4 by [Maher, Tegan]A horse is a horse, right? Maybe in most places, but not in Keyhole, because nothing is ever that simple. Just when Noelle thinks she has her ducks in a row, a woman brings her horse to Flynn Farm for boarding. At first, everything is just peachy keen: the woman is wonderful and the horse is mannerly and full of personality. Then, par for the course and much to Noe’s chagrin, things start to go sideways. Mysterious men start showing up in town looking for a woman matching the boarder’s description, trinkets start missing from her shop, and someone close to her gets some shocking news.

Is it going to be murder and mayhem in Keyhole Lake again, or is Noelle finally going to enjoy some R&R? It’s likely a safe bet to put your money on the mayhem.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Blueberries and Bereavement (Sweet Baked Mystery Book 3) by [Hayton, Katherine]Three catastrophes and a funeral.

When Holly Waterston is asked to cater for a wake, she believes the job will be straightforward although a little sad. Instead, the funeral service has been designed by the deceased to drop a bombshell on his grieving family.

With Holly embroiled in the family’s dirty laundry, she finds herself pulled into the web of distrust and dark secrets. A situation that grows even murkier when one of the siblings is attacked and murder raises its ugly head.

As suspicions shines a spotlight in all directions, Holly must keep her wits about her if she’s to unveil the truth and uncover a killer. Not to mention baking up a swathe of blueberry cupcakes!

This Sweet Baked Mystery contains none of these ingredients:
No Swearing
No Gore
No Graphic Scenes
and absolutely No Cliffhangers!

Scroll up and one-click to solve the murder mystery today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Inn the Spirit of Legends (Spirits of Texas Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Willis, Becki]From the author of The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, comes an intriguing new book series, the Spirits of Texas Cozy Mysteries.

When the tiny hamlet of Hannah, Texas goes up for auction, Hannah Duncan’s fun-loving uncle sees it as the perfect gift for her thirtieth birthday. After all, what’s more fun than a town bearing your own name?

Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the ‘town’ isn’t much — a dozen or less buildings in various stages of disrepair—but it comes with a dedicated pair of caretakers, a menagerie of farm animals, a surprisingly generous trust fund, enough stipulations to make her head spin, and a handsome but maddening attorney to oversee the handling of the estate.

Originally a stagecoach stop, Hannah, Texas resolves around the historic and rather charming Spirits of Texas Inn. The old inn comes with a colorful past, the mystique of hidden treasure, loyal guests who still book summer vacations there, and three surprise residents: true spirits of the past, who didn’t cross over as expected.

Now Hannah has her hands full, coming to terms with her unexpected status as an innkeeper, adjusting to life in the country, fighting her attraction to attorney Walker Jacoby, plus dealing with ghosts!

To top it off, two fortune hunters arrive to search for the hidden treasure, and they don’t care who stands in their way. They’ll stoop to any means—including murder—to get their hands on the legendary stash of gold.

Don’t miss out on the excitement, right from the beginning. Book your visit to Hannah, Texas today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Venom and Violets:: Book Two in the Black Orchid Mystery Series by [James, Pyper]Princeton Wyatt is dead. Vivica Meadows, the new owner of The Black Orchid Flower Shop is the one who found him. In a panic, Vivica doesn’t realize she is the primary suspect. If she didn’t have sleuthing skills before, Vivica will need them to get herself out of the mess she finds herself in. With the help of Aunt Mildred, best friend Winifred and her ever faithful hound Maximus, Vivica fight to find out who the real killer is. Being back in her hometown of Dahlonega Georgia has proven to be more than bittersweet. Will the Black Orchid shop be derailed before it even starts? Will Vivica find herself behind bars? Find out in Venom and Violets, Book two in the Black Orchid Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Dead Calm (A Mattie Winston Mystery) by [Ryan, Annelise]The honeymoon will have to wait for newlyweds Mattie Winston and Steve Hurley . . .
As deputy medical examiner and homicide detective respectively, the couple are dispatched to a grisly crime scene at the Grizzly Motel, a seedy joint for illicit liaisons on the outskirts of Sorenson, Wisconsin. A man and woman are found dead next to each other in bed in what initially appears to be a grim but straightforward murder-suicide. An affair gone sour?

But as the forensic evidence is gathered and autopsies are performed, Mattie and Hurley realize the scene has been staged. They have a double murder on their hands. The spurned spouses of both victims top the list of suspects, but as more is revealed, the case becomes increasingly complex. Dividing their time and resources between the double homicide and an ongoing investigation involving Mattie’s father, as well as caring for their toddler,  Matthew, and Hurley’s teenaged daughter, Emily, the two are stretched to their limits.

After another victim turns up dead, there’s no room for error as Mattie and Hurley stage a scene of their own to back the killer into a corner . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:   Kindle, Hardcover












Review of Pawprints and Predicaments


Pawprints and Predicaments

Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, Book #3

Bethany Blake

5 Stars


The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake–and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .

It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore–with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard–but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation–whether he wants her to or not . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

“Doggone charming from start to finish!” –Cleo Coyle, New   (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I thought all of the characters are engaging and I enjoyed spending time with them.  I really like how Daphne and Moxie are such good friends and they compliment each other well.  Her sister, Piper, and her mom sometimes give Daphne a hard time, but you can tell how much they love her.  And Detective Jonathan Black continues to be the bane of her existence but I think she would date him if the opportunity ever presented itself.  

I still continue to think that all of the animals steal the show.  They all have very distinct personalities and we get to meet a new pet named Sebastian, the cheese loving rodent.  I loved the way Daphne was always talking to them and asking their opinions.  Socrates, her basset hound had me laughing out loud.  The animals are as real to me as any of the humans.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The authors is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was visiting Sylvan Creek, watching the celebration first hand.  The mystery is well plotted and fast paced.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and the mystery was not easy to solve.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted animal cozy mystery. I am already looking forward to reading the next book in the series, I hope the author is a fast writer.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Death By A Whisker



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author T. C. LoTempio and her new book, Death By A Whisker.  This is the second book in this great series.


Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683314875
Purchase Links:




Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.

The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.

Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio. (Goodreads)



The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Sydney is a likable, hard working woman.  She gets along well with her sister, Kat, and all of the other workers at the animal shelter.  Her roommate Leila is an investigative reporter and they make a good team when it comes to sleuthing.   And that is exactly what they will have to do when another dead body turns up.  Toby, her rescue cat, is also very helpful when it comes to solving crimes.  All of the characters and secondary characters were engaging and I was happy to be able to visit with them again.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, involved in the story personally.  The community that she has created, Deer Park, North Carolina, is a place I would definitely like to visit.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through, and enough twists and turns that it was not an easy mystery to solve.  

I would recommend this well crafted cozy mystery to anyone who likes animals with their mysteries.  The characters are great, the setting is great, the mystery is great and the book is great.  I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.  

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in the hopes of receiving a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.


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T.C. LoTempioBorn in New York City, T. C. LoTempio is the national bestselling author of Meow If It’s Murder, the first in the Nick and Nora Mystery series.

She has been a staff reporter at the young adult magazine Susabella Passengers and Friends for more than a decade.

While Toni LoTempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper.

Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She lists among her favorite mystery/suspense writers Erle Stanley Gardner, Mary Higgins Clark and James Patterson, as well as EJ Copperman, Steve Hockensmith, Victoria Laurie, Ali Brandon, Rita Mae Brown, Miranda James and Sofie Kelly to name only a few!

Toni is also passionate about her love for animals, as demonstrated with her four cats: Trixie, Princess, Maxx and, of course, ROCCO, who not only provided the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat in the Nick and Nora mystery series, but who also writes his own blog and does charity work for Nathan Fillion’s charity, Kids Need to Read!

Toni’s also devoted to miniseries like The Thorn Birds, Dancing with the Stars, reruns of Murder She Wrote and Castle (of course!).

She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.

She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York (Goodreads)

Where to find them:  
ROCCO’s blog:  
Twitter: @RoccoBlogger –  
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February 12 – Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 12 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

February 13 – Mysteries with Character – INTERVIEW

February 13 – La libreria di Beppe – SPOTLIGHT

February 14 – My Reading Journey – SPOTLIGHT

February 14 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

February 15 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST

February 15 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST

February 16 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

February 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

February 18 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 18 – Varietats – REVIEW, GUEST POST

February 19 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

February 19 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – INTERVIEW

February 20 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

February 20 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

February 21 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – GUEST POST

February 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

February 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy –REVIEW, GUEST POST

February 23 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

February 24 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

February 24 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

February 25 – The Montana Bookaholic – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 26 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

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Review of Killer Cravings





Bringing up baby–Bringing down a killer An over the top, good-time cozy mystery While staking out a cheating husband, Kate can’t help but to indulge the cravings from her newest pregnancy. Little does she know the owner of the bakery has her eyes on Jim, Kate’s beloved husband. Things turn deadly as Kate’s cravings take over. It’s up to Kate to keep her Family Life on track while solving another deadly whodunit! (Goodreads)







Kate is a great character and I enjoyed getting to know her.  She has a lot on her plate: a 6 month old daughter, a husband, training to become a PI and she is pregnant again.  That is a lot for anyone to handle and keep their sanity.  And between pregnancy brain and her cravings, Kate is barely hanging on to hers.  Some of Kate’s thoughts and actions were very funny and realistic.  I also enjoyed getting to know her husband Jim, you could tell how much he loved Kate. All of the secondary characters added a lot to the story and I felt that they all combined to make a great cast of characters.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, sitting in on stake outs and watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and difficult to solve.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted humorous cozy.  This is the sixth book in the series and I did not feel lost at all, I felt like I knew what was going on.  

New Releases For The Week Of February 18th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 18th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is third and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.




Death of an Honest Man (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery) by [Beaton, M. C.]Sergeant Hamish Macbeth–Scotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policeman–returns in M.C. Beaton’s new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series.

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish’s beat.

He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie–who repeated all the last words of her twin sister–that she needed psychiatric help.

“I speak as I find,” he bragged. Voices saying, “I could kill that man,” could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

And someone did.

Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he’s lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook









Minced, Marinated, and Murdered: A French Culinary Mystery (Gourmet Crimes Book 1) by [Balen, Noël, Barrot, Vanessa]Revelations in a city where food is so much more than a meal in a deliciously authentic culinary mystery novel set in France.

A routine assignment in Lyon, France’s traditional capital of gourmet food, turns bitter for food writer Laure Grenadier when a beloved chef is found murdered. A wave of panic follows with a second death, and Laure sets out to find the truth. As she reviews the city’s traditional bistros, interviews the town’s best chefs and local food producers, and shares stories and culinary lore with her photographer Paco Alvarez, she uncovers secrets and rivalries. But will she find the murderer before the city loses more of its master chefs?

Laure’s passion for food and deep knowledge of culinary history combine with a reporter’s natural curiosity and a particular Parisian chic, turning her into a natural sleuth in a city where food is so much more than a meal. Paco’s photographer’s eye brings the details to life, while murder and mayhem spice up the mix.

In this fun, satisfying, mouth-watering French mystery novel, authors Noël Balen and Vanessa Barrot whisk readers to France for a troubling mystery, local culinary anecdotes, recipes, home-grown products, and very human feelings.

“When you feel as much hunger as grief, then you know you’re still alive.”


“To devour!” —Tribune de Lyon
“A novel to savor and a series that promises to be delicious.” —ABC Polar
“A succulent mystery in a series that mixes abominable crimes with the pleasures of the table. The recipe was perfectly simmered to give the reader cold chills and tickled tastebuds. “ —L’Actu Littéraire
“Clever with strong dialogue.” —La Revue du Vin de France
“Pleasant and easy to read.” —Mag 2 Lyon
“Extremely well researched with fabulous suspense.” —Alsace Magazine

The authors
Noël Balen, writer and musician, has over thirty mysteries to his name, including the Winemaker Detective series, a hit cozy mystery and TV series. Hi co-author and wife Vanessa Barrot is a corporate lawyer who comes from a family of Parisian restaurant owners.

Translator Anne Trager founded Le French Book as an expression of her ongoing passion for France and crime fiction. She adapted this mystery into English with the help of award-winning editor Amy Richards.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












The Big Kill (Matchmaker Mysteries Book 9) by [Sax, Elise]The Big Kill is the 9th installment of the hilarious Matchmaker Mysteries Series. Synopsis coming soon…

Sometimes love comes with a few dead ends.

“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

“Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig
“With quirky characters reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and a small-town heroine redolent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse” –RT Book Reviews

“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist, on An Affair to Dismember

“A lighthearted and amusing caper with a sexy side order of romance . . . Gladie is an endearing mess of a character, and the book is fast-paced and amusing, with a large cast of quirky, small-town characters.”—Kirkus Reviews, on Matchpoint

“There’s plenty for fans to enjoy in Sax’s third Matchmaker installment, complete with energetic narration, zany humor and a mystery that’s as engaging as the details of Gladie’s love life.”—RT Book Reviews, on Love Game  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Hung Jury (A Gold and Silver Murder Mystery) by [Innes, Robert]COMING FEBRUARY 20TH. The first in a BRAND NEW SERIES!


Everyone on the jury is dying…

Rebecca Winters is on trial for the murder of her husband, Simon. He was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of their home, and with the evidence mounted up around her, she is soon found guilty by a jury.

But one member of that jury is confused by the outcome. Nicola Golding is a budding blogger, her focus being on murder and crime. She does not believe that Rebecca is a murderer, and she decides to investigate the possibility that Simon’s killer could still be out there somewhere.

With nobody there to help her, Nicola recruits a reluctant companion; new chef at the restaurant she works at, Alex Silverstone. But then, more deaths occur. Members of the jury that made the decision to send Rebecca down are found hanged in their homes, and Nicola soon finds herself in a race against time to find the killer before she becomes a victim herself…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










A Playboy in Peril (Jamie Winters Mysteries Book 5) by [Rey, Kelly]From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes another laugh-out-loud Jamie Winters Mystery …

Legal secretary and reluctant sleuth Jamie Winters never claimed to have an exciting social life. So it’s no surprise she’s never heard of the local band Virtual Waste…that is until their drummer is murdered backstage at a show, and Jamie’s teenaged sidekick, Maizy, just happens to be there! Does the killer think she knows his identity? Is he coming after Maizy next? Jamie is determined to keep her friend safe, even if Maizy is determined to search the entire New Jersey Pine Barrens to track down the killer! While Jamie’s hot landlord, Curt, fills in with the band, Jamie wades through the victim’s disgruntled bandmates, a slew of discarded groupies, an ex-Marine bouncer, an unhinged Einstein lookalike, an emotionally overwrought agent, an ill-tempered giant, and even the Jersey Devil, to find the truth…before Maizy becomes the next victim.

Jamie Winters Mysteries:
Motion for Murder – book #1
Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story
Death of a Diva – book #2
Motion for Misfits (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
The Sassy Suspect – book #3
Verdicts & Vixens – book #4
A Playboy in Peril – book #5

“Move over Stephanie Plum—there’s a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer’s office could be so funny?”
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

“Rey delivers an impressive, well-plotted and well-written… treat that leaves readers eager to whet their appetite with all of Jamie Winters’ wacky investigations!”
~ Diane Morasco, Long Island Book Reviews   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










A Body on the Beach (Sunrise Island Mysteries Book 1) by [Baker, Blythe]On quaint little Sunrise Island, the beaches are sunny, the ocean views are to die for… and the murder rate is climbing.

When Piper Lane’s career and her office romance both die fiery deaths on the same day, she packs up her worldly goods and her French Bulldog, Jasper, and leaves Houston behind, setting sail for safer harbors – the welcoming golden shores of Sunrise Island, to be exact.

But Piper, her pessimistic sister, Page, and her overly dramatic niece, Blaire, have no sooner rolled up their sleeves and taken over an old bed and breakfast on the island, than a dead body is discovered on the premises. With her B&B now adjacent to a crime scene, it looks as if Piper’s dream of reviving the business might be done for. Between the haunted house vibe of the ancient Victorian property and the creepy antics of Mrs. Harris, the crazy old lady living in the attic, can things get any worse?

Propelled into the middle of the dangerous murder investigation, Piper soon makes it her mission to clear away the clouds of suspicion surrounding her B&B and shine the light of day on long-held secrets that some of the island’s inhabitants would rather keep buried.  But the killer is only one step behind her, and if Piper doesn’t think fast, the only thing she’ll be getting to the bottom of is a shallow grave.

Don’t miss the start of this exciting new cozy mystery series!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Claws for Concern (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by [James, Miranda]Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are embroiled in a new mystery when a cold case suddenly heats up in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie’s family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder…

Charlie may be a proud new grandfather, but he and Diesel still have work to do at Athena College and the small Mississippi town’s public library. He’s too busy to deal with true-crime writer Jack Pemberton, who wants Charlie as the subject of his latest book–and who won’t take no for an answer.

A more appealing proposition for Charlie is spending time helping a kind, elderly man navigate the library’s genealogical database. But he’s shocked when he learns that the visitor’s search is focused on a member of his own family: his late aunt’s husband.

Charlie befriends the man and considers inviting him to stay in his home, but he’s soon given reason to question that notion. Jack is certain that Charlie’s new houseguest was involved in a shocking homicide that took place years ago in a small town near Athena. As this cold case heats up, Charlie and Diesel have to uncover a killer who may already be too close to home…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook













New Releases For The Week Of February 18th, 2018– Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 18th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.



A SWEET SPOONFUL OF CYANIDE: A Brightwater Bay Cozy Mystery (Brightwater Bay Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Dean, Carolyn L., Byers, Beth, Blackmoore, Angela C]A cute beach town in the gorgeous San Juan islands, a cozy cottage, a sweet-tasting job at the bakery, and a handsome and charming friend…

Claire should be blissfully happy, but when someone drops dead after eating one of her scrumptious desserts everyone seems to be pointing at her as the main suspect! Is it more bad luck or is someone out to get her?

Rated PG because there’s a dead body in it, no bad language or sensual scenes.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Fire in Broken Water: A small town police procedural set in the American Southwest (The Pegasus Quincy Mystery Series Book 3) by [Grace, Lakota]“Dispute in progress, lethal weapons involved.” Deputy Pegasus Quincy takes the call to resolve violence on a Friesian horse ranch in Arizona.

Intent on his own personal vendetta, partner Shepherd Malone refuses to declare a murder in a fatal fire at the ranch. Peg unwisely circumvents the law to investigate anyway.

Two families feuding over water rights, a Gypsy clan suspected of drug dealing, and a blackmailer on the loose, all lead Pegasus astray on her quest to find the killer in a desert mountain town beset by flash floods and arsenic-laced creeks.

When Peg refuses to stand down, the Water Wars turn deadly, and she becomes the ultimate target. Can she stop the killer before more lives are lost—including her own?

Enjoy this fast-paced thriller of the American West. “A page turner.” “Atmospheric”

Book 3 of the Pegasus Quincy Mystery Series  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







Strawberry Caramel Murder: Killer Cupcakes (Book Three) (Killer Cupcake Culinary Cozies 3) by [Byne, Abby]Bitsie is just getting used to her new relationship with Jack when Monica, a food blogger who gave Bitsie’s Bake Shop a glowing write-up in the local paper, goes missing, and one of Bitsie’s bakers was the last person to see her alive. Was Monica simply running away to escape a bad marriage, or is there a much more sinister reason for her sudden vanishing into thin air? Then there’s the scissor-wielding creep who’s attacking random women in parking lots. And what about the two hucksters bent on defrauding senior citizens with their bogus “investment” scheme? Are all these crimes related somehow? It’s Bitsie’s job to find out.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Lacey Luzzi: Sprouted: a humorous, cozy mystery! (Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries Book 11) by [LaManna, Gina]From USA Today Bestselling Author Gina LaManna

A blonde, a brunette, and a red-head walk into a bank…
And rob it.

As Lacey waits for Baby Luzzi to make his or her appearance, she’s decided to cool her jets on the whole “chasing criminals” lifestyle at her husband’s insistence. She’s settled in comfortably as part-time help at her best friend’s bar and, though the work might be a tad boring after years of explosions and car chases, it’s a safe job, relatively sanitary, and uneventful—for most people.

Lacey isn’t most people.

Caught in the middle of a bank heist, Lacey’s priceless wedding ring is now in the hands of three ladies known to the media as the Femme Fatale. The thieves might have gotten away with three heists across the Twin Cities to date, but one hitch they didn’t count on was a pregnant lady scorned. Lacey Luzzi’s hormones are on the fritz, her sugar habits are out of control, and her tears are flowing freely. This time, the robbers picked on the wrong gal.

With a due date approaching rapidly, Lacey and Meg are bound and determined to recover Lacey’s ring and put this case behind them…before she’s delivering more than guilty criminals on the job.

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Lacey Luzzi: Sugared is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery with a strong female protagonist in the spirit of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, albeit one working for the wrong side of the law…

Note: This book can be read as a standalone, though it is part of a larger series and not all plot lines are resolved in a single book. It is rated a strong PG-13 for sarcasm and mild language. No graphic gore or sex.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Cult of St James (A James Webb Thriller Book 2) by [Burke, BL]An organization has begun an assault on animal abusers

They think he’s dead. That isn’t the case. James is in hiding after the gladiatorial fighting ring that pitted animal abusers against each other is exposed. A part of him wishes to remain anonymous while rescuing dogs in paradise. Another wishes he could continue his previous work.

A whaling ship is attacked, destroyed by a mysterious group calling themselves the Church of St. James, after their patron, the man who began the work of punishing beasts that hurt animals. The owner of the vessel hires former a CIA agent, Aaron, to find who committed this act of terrorism and bring them to justice.

Aaron is sent back to the place it all started, the Brew City, in order to find the perpetrator of the terrorist attack done in the name of a controversial dead man James.

Only, not everyone believes James’ is dead.

Could he be the one behind the heinous crimes? Can Aaron find the leaders of the group before more attacks take place? Can James find a semblance of peace in his new life or will he be dragged back into the world he’d left?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










The Tuscan Child by [Bowen, Rhys]From New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father’s hidden past to discover his secrets…

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook












Pressing the Issue (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 6) by [Gerber, Daryl Wood]The Agatha Award–winning author of Grilling the Subject returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, where the annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder . . .

As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a winepress, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived comely wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again?

Includes tantalizing recipes!

Praise for Daryl Wood Gerber and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries:

“There’s a feisty new amateur sleuth in town and her name is Jenna Hart. With a bodacious cast of characters, a wrenching murder, and a collection of cookbooks to die for, Daryl Wood Gerber’s Final Sentence is a page-turning puzzler of a mystery that I could not put down.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Mysteries and Library Lovers Mysteries

“In Final Sentence, the author smartly blends crime, recipes, and an array of cookbooks that all should covet in a witty, well-plotted whodunit.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

“Readers will relish the extensive cookbook suggestions, the cooking primer, and the whole foodie phenomenon. Gerber’s perky tone with a multigenerational cast makes this series a good match for Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series . . .” —Library Journal

“So pull out your cowboy boots and settle in for a delightful read. Grilling the Subject is a delicious new mystery that will leave you hungry for more.” —Carstairs Considers Blog

About the Author:

Agatha Award–winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the French Bistro Mysteries, the Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames), and stand-alone suspense thrillers. Little known facts about Daryl are that she’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself, and has appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote. She loves to read, cook, and golf, and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours– Cover Reveal–Dead As A Doornail

I’m so excited to be a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the Cover Reveal for Dead As A Doornail by author Tonya Kappes.  This is the fifth book in this fantastic series.



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Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.  (Goodreads)


Dead as a Doornail by Tonya Kappes will be available May 15 from Henery Press!  It is Available for Pre-Order Today!!

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